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Old 06-27-2022, 08:25 PM   #1
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1999 Fleetwood Transmission

Should have started to get ready for the summer in January! I checked out the RV about 3 weeks ago and found the hot water tank was leaking. Ordered a new one and it came today! In the mean time I checked the pump, and have that now on order. It is expected in 4 days! I decided to fill the unit up with gas and the transmission does not shift. I can get to about 20 mph I think. Took it home and called transmission and RV places. The RV places do not want to do repairs in my area. The transmission shops do not take 33 ft RVs. I found one that can look at it in a week and in 10 days we are booked to be camping/fishing with my grandson!

I really do not know much about this Pace Arrow except it is on a Ford Chasse 6.8L F-53, it is a V10, auto transmission with push button overdrive. VSN 777GX4764599.

A tranny place said I should be able to read the error code from the tranny. Do I read that with an OBC II Reader? If so where is the plug. I cannot find it.

I was going to check the wires tomorrow for rats eating them.

When I was out with the RV, the exhaust did nit sound right. When I was under the unit, I found someone needed my cat and cut it out of the exhaust system. I was told, I can just put a straight pipe in. I was impressed with the cutting. You would think the person did it for a living! It was square, straight and a clean cut. Minimum amount was cut. If I get a new cat I am sure he will be back!

It looks like I have a lot to do before I can fish with my 12 year old grandson!
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Old 06-28-2022, 05:10 AM   #2
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Your transmission should be a Ford 4R70W. As it's an electronic transmission it very well could be the wiring harness. Either rats as you say or the convertor thief cut the harness while stealing the cat. I would start there and check it closely. As far as working on it, it's the same trans used in millions of Ford full size cars, pickups and vans, easy transmission, I would think a regular shop that does trans work would have no problem. The only downside for them is most places don't have a lift big enough, but not a real big deal.
I suspect wiring if it worked when you parked it.
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Old 06-28-2022, 06:20 AM   #3
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Here’s a trick. When I owned my Winnebago Aspect 29’ I had an epiphany. The coach is built on the E450 chassis so why not go to the horses mouth, the Ford Dealer.

I had tranny issues with that rig, brake issues, and a wheel bearing issue. I called my dealer and made the appointment for an E450 cutaway. Sometimes they would ask what’s on the back and I would say a small box…..then surprise when I drop it off.

Point is, call ford dealer and make the appointment. Call it a piece of equipment and not a motorhome if you want to play their games. Otherwise be honest and say it’s an rv. More than likely that tranny is coming out (if necessary) and can be dropped right in the parking lot, no lift needed.

I like to think Tasca Ford started taking rvs for service because of me. I can almost gaurentee I am not responsible, but I like to think it was.
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Old 06-28-2022, 01:37 PM   #4
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"20 MPH I think"

If the speedo isn't working, could be the VSS, and that would prevent the trans from shifting.

(And it's a 4R100, not he smaller 4R70W. Used in bigger trucks.)

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It's definitely not an 4R70w as the largest vehicle those ever came in were 3/4 ton pickups and vans.

A good thought about rodent and wire damage. If the wires to an output speed sensor or a vehicle speed sensor are damaged or chewed through then the computer won't shift the transmission as it cannot tell that it is moving at a speed that requires an upshift.
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Old 06-29-2022, 04:33 PM   #6
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OBD II connector is on the right side of the steering column, under dash. Wrapped in plastic.

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Old 07-05-2022, 06:21 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=tderonne;6229004]"20 MPH I think"

If the speedo isn't working, could be the VSS, and that would prevent the trans from shifting.

(And it's a 4R100, not he smaller 4R70W. Used in bigger trucks.)[/QUOTE]

Of course I knew that, foggy moment...
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